Times Of Grace, the band made up by Jesse Leach (former singer of Killswitch Engage) and Adam Dutkiewicz (guitarist of Killswitch Engage), have announced that Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand will be hitting the road as touring bassist, replacing Daniel Struble, who is taking some time off for personal family issues.
“Losing Daniel was a blow to the Times of Grace camp, but we knew he had to do what was best for him and his family,” said Leach. “Having Matt show interest in joining the touring lineup could not have been a better fit! I have been a fan of Matt’s voice and guitar work for many years. I am honored and very stoked to have him join us on tour to play bass and sing backup vocals. Matt is a great guy, and someone Adam, Joel and I have all known for years. Personality-wise and as a musician, it clicks so well. I am certain Matt will add a great vibe and bring his own style to the live show!”
Bachand concurred, saying, “I am very excited to be a part of Times of Grace. Not only will it be great to get onstage with some old friends, but I am looking forward to something new musically as this role as bassist will be a very different experience from my role as guitarist of Shadows Fall.”
Adam D. also weighed in on Bachand, saying, “I’ll miss the crap out of Dan, but I’m so stoked to be bro-ing down with our longtime beer-swilling bassist bud Bachand. Come out to the shows and prepare to flex!”
Bloody Disgusting has scored the exclusive album artwork premiere for DevilDriver’s upcoming album, ‘Beast’, which is slated for a release date of Feb. 21st, 2011. The album is going to be mixed by the legendary Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Opeth, Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Unearth, Cradle of Filth). Make sure to also check out our exclusive interview with singer Dez Fafara HERE.
You can check out the exclusive artwork premiere after the jump!
Times Of Grace have released what is apparently the first of 13 videos (!!!) from their upcoming debut album, ‘The Hymns Of A Broken Man’. The video for ‘Where The Spirit Leads Me’ can be seen below. Times Of Grace was formed by longtime friends and band mates Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach, both of Killswitch Engage. ‘The Hymns Of A Broken Man’ is set to be released January 18th, with a special edition including all 13 videos, likely one for each track on the album.
Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D. and ex-Killswitch Engage vocalist Jess Leach have teamed up to bring you Times Of Grace. The debut album, ‘The Hymn Of A Broken Man’, will be released in January of 2011. Meanwhile, you can get a taste of the music through two trailers that have been released. The second is after the jump along with comments from Jess.
All That Remains has just premiered the video for their massive new single “Hold On” exclusively on MySpace Music. The clip, helmed by Ramon Boutviseth (Trivium, Dream Theatre), features a narrative involving a variety of characters dealing with internal struggles and their inability to change their fate as their world crumbles down around them, both figuratively and literally. The force behind the destruction is the manifestation of their dark emotions, which All That Remains embodies as they unleash an epic performance in a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland.
“Hold On” is the first single for ATR’s new album For We Are Many, one of the most highly anticipated metal albums of 2010, coming out through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie on October 12th. The album hits the same day the band heads out on a month-long U.S. headlining tour with support from Asking Alexandria, Unearth, Born Of Osiris, & And She Whispered. Decibel Magazine called the album, “Proof that neck-snapping tempos, thoughtful soloing and a catchy chorus or three can co-exist,” while Outburn Magazine remarked, “If there was ever any question as to whether All That Remains deserved to be considered among the melodic metalcore elite, For We Are Many will dispel any lingering doubts once and for all.”
The album can preordered now via Prosthetic Records. An exclusive version of it is available for pre-order on iTunes which includes a bonus track available, and an instant download of “Hold On”.
GOOD FIGHT MUSIC has just released a free sampler, available at Amazon.com! No strings attached, so head on over to Amazon and download nine free tracks by your favorite GOOD FIGHT MUSIC artists! But hurry, this is a limited time offer! The download link is above, and you can view the tracklisting below:
1) Conditions – When it Won’t Save You
2) The Contortionist – Primal Directive
3) Cancer Bats – Drive This Stake
4) This or the Apocalypse – Backlit
5) Son of Aurelius – Facing the Gorgon
6) Rosaline – The Messenger, The Infinite
7) I Am Abomination – Rock N’ No Soul
Son of Aurelius – A Good Death
9) I Am Abomination – Greeting From Easter Island
“Amazon’s ability to provide suggestions and cater specifically to the needs of an individual’s taste is what makes them the best at what they do,” states GOOD FIGHT MUSIC label manager Mike Conroy. “When an opportunity was presented to us to put together a free sampler of our label bands with the backing and clout of Amazon, it was a no brainer.”
Canada’s BAPTIZED IN BLOOD are set to storm out of their native Canada and mount a takeover of American metal audiences when they release their self-titled, debut full-length for Roadrunner via digital retailers nationally on October 19. The band will also play alongside A Life Once Lost at the CMJ Music Marathon Metal Sucks Showcase, which will be held October 20 at Club Europa. Baptized in Blood have already turned the discerning head of a metal icon, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who was so impressed that he has taken on the role of co-manager for the London, Ontario-based band, alongside Mark Adelman.
Additionally, Mike D of Dark Icon Design, who also serves as the bassist for Killswitch Engage, designed the album artwork. While Baptized in Blood may have friends in high places, the band doesn’t rely on those associations; the five-piece delivers the goods with their bottom heavy, unrelenting metallic assault. Baptized in Blood are a classic Roadrunner signing that remains true the label’s long-standing history as the standard bearer of the best in hard rock and metal.
Recently in Israel, I was able to go and check out the Summer Carnage Festival at Barby in Tel Aviv, Israel. Headlined by Aborted, Whorecore and System Divide, the festival was a full day event with over a thousand people squeezed into a tiny club. While there, I got the opportunity to interview Missing In Action, the band that represented Israel at the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle. Check out the interview after the jump!
Missing In Action live at the Summer Carnage Festival
Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former KsE vocalist Jesse Leach are re-teaming for Times of Grace, a brand new band that finds the duo taking a creative left turn, boldly exploring new musical terrain, while fearlessly digging deep into the recesses of their musical synergy. It has yielded a provocative, heavy-yet-melodic result, one that helped each of them overcome personal struggles and emerge from the darkness, more empowered than ever.
The pair’s collaborative energy and chemistry obviously yields quality, long-lasting results, as they worked together on KsE’s benchmark album, 2002′s Alive or Just Breathing. That record has become definitive for an entire generation of American metal, with Leach’s voice and uplifting lyrics serving as one of the key elements that propelled the album to “modern classic” status. Leach, who went on to sing for the more classic-rock leaning Seemless and who currently sings for the metal band The Empire Shall Fall, was always remembered fondly by KsE fans, even though he left the band shortly after Alive or Just Breathing’s release.
While fans will no doubt be thrilled at the concept of the duo reuniting, Times of Grace, however, are not interested in fashioning Alive or Just Breathing, Part II. It’s an entirely new project and represents a different musical path for both Adam D. and Leach! It is an album of cleansing and catharsis for each of them, where internal demons were exorcised and set to music that’s as aggressive as it is melodic. The pair are currently in the studio working on their debut, The Hymn of A Broken Man, which is due out November 9 through Roadrunner Records.
Nashville’s veteran heavy metal act, The Showdown, has posted a short video trailer in anticipation of their fourth full-length record, Blood In The Gears, which is due out on August 24th on Solid State Records.
Four new tracks from Blood In The Gears – “Take Me Home”, “Bring It Down”, “Heavy Lies The Crown”, and “Blood In The Gears” – are currently available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page.
Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions, in Nashville. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.
36 CRAZYFISTS is pleased to announce the July 27th release of their upcoming Ferret Music effort, Collisions and Castaways. Hunger for a new record has been building in the hearts of fans since 2008’s The Tide and Its Takers. To accent this exciting news, 36 CRAZYFISTS is offering a pre-order of Collisions and Castaways, available HERE. The pre-order packages include your choice of an individual CD, a CD + exclusive pre-order shirt, or a CD + pre-order shirt and flag. All packages will include a signed booklet, only while supplies last. Finally, make sure to head over to 36 CRAZYFISTS’ MySpace and view the brand new layout.
Since forming 16 years ago, the band have released four records through three different labels, and have shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Diecast, God Forbid, Walls of Jericho, and Poison the Well. Collisions and Castaways, was written and recorded between October 2009 and May 2010. It follows on the heels of last year’s DVD outing, Underneath a Northern Sky, and is the band’s second straight effort to feature guitarist Steve Holt in the producer’s chair and Andy Sneap handling the final mix, Collisions and Castaways sees the band evolving into a three-piece unit following the 2008 departure of bassist Mick Whitney, who left the group to spend more time at home with his wife and children. Drummer Thomas Noonan and frontman Brock Lindow round out 36 CRAZYFISTS’ lineup, with longtime guitar tech Brett “Buzzard” Makowski filling in on bass for the band’s upcoming touring plans.
Forgiven Rival released their debut full-length album ‘This Is A War’ two years ago in their native country of Australia. However, we here in the United States have only gotten the album earlier this month. These guys are a mix of hardcore and metalcore and, while what they play isn’t exactly original, they songs have some clever twists in them. So, let’s see how our brothers from down under fare after the jump.
Five years ago, an album came out that took over my CD player for the better half of the summer: ‘This Godless Endeavor’ by Seattle, Washington metal band Nevermore. To this day, it is considered to be one of the bands finest albums and I still blast it on the college campus, scaring the students (hey, it gives me a sick thrill, okay?). So, to say that I was excited for a new Nevermore album after a five-year wait is somewhat of an understatement. So, my thoughts on the album, you ask? Well, head on past the jump to find out!
Tennessee’s riff-tastic southern metal outfit, The Showdown, has announced an August 24th street date for their Solid State Records sophomore release, Blood in the Gears. The forthcoming full-length was recorded at Anthem Productions in Nashville, and produced by The Showdown’s own, Jeremiah Scott. The album’s title track, and first single off the record, is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page. Blood in the Gears is The Showdown’s fourth studio album, and the follow up to 2008’s, Back Breaker.
“Blood in the Gears is true to what The Showdown has always been about in the past,” explains vocalist David Bunton, “…heavy, thrashy, southern, groovy. Jeremiah Scott (Bass) recorded and produced the record, all in house and on our own terms. We are sounding like we want to and saying exactly what we want to. That’s what heavy metal is all about.”
Killswitch Engage debuted their brand new video for “Save Me” from their latest self-titled album today. Check it out below. The clip features Killswitch Engage (singer Howard Jones, guitarist Adam D., bassist Mike D’Antonio, guitarist Joel Stroetzel and drummer Justin Foley) in full Claymation mode.
The video has an alien abduction plot and also shows the band performing. Only it’s all Claymation, all of the time. The video was directed by Jim Starace.
Of the video, bassist Mike D., said, “We are pretty excited about our new video for the song ‘Save Me.’ It is the first time since ‘Holy Diver’ that we get to show our funny side in a video. We think our fans are gonna love it. There are alien abductions, rocket ships and space suits. Who knew being a Claymation character was this fun?’
All That Remains have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album to be released by Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie this fall. To engage fans in the recording process, Phil Labonte (vocals), Oli Herbert (guitar), Mike Martin (guitar), Jeanne Sagan (bass) and Jason Costa (drums) have set up http://www.allthatremainstv.com, a streaming video site set up in their recording studio. Fans can look to the bands’ social networking sites for detailed broadcast schedules, giveaways, and weekly chat sessions, but the feed is constantly streaming and any of the band members as well as the album’s producer, Adam D from Killswitch Engage, may pop into the chat room at a random time.
While fans wait for the new album, they can find several of their favorite songs from the band’s latest album Overcome on the Rock Band Network for the Xbox Marketplace. The new songs that are now available for download are “Days Without,” “Undone,” and “Forever In Your Hands.”
Direct from the awesome crew over at Roadrunner Records:
Whether making memorable moments, pushing the envelope with explicit imagery, cinematic technology, or just telling the gripping tale of well-thought-out storylines, music videos have always been a beacon of expression, which is why we took a look at the killer videos in Roadrunner’s long history to find ten of our most unforgettable. Numbers 10 – 6 showcased everything from the late Peter Steele playing a stand-up bass as a regular 4 string to Corey Taylor unmasked and playing the lead in a twisted short film, and now as we reveal our top 5, we get some insight from our Head of Video Promotions and veteran employee Elias Chios in addition to the bands in question, on the cinematic excellence, groundbreaking creativity and overall bad-ass entertainment of our past and present music videos. From the viral strength of DragonForce’s Sam Totman chugging a beer while Herman Li shreds through Killswitch Engage’s Adam. D. playing a fair maiden, to Slipknot destroying a house in Iowa, we give you our global staff-approved Greatest Music Videos. READ MORE
All That Remains fans can rejoice. The band is set to begin recording the follow up to 2008’s Overcome, their biggest-selling release to date. Pre-production begins this week at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA on the as-yet-untitled album. Returning to the producer’s chair is Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D who previously helmed the band’s 2006 release The Fall Of Ideals as well as 2004’s This Darkened Heart.
The band is obviously stoked about getting back to work with their buddy. “So I’m home from six weeks filling in on vocals for Killswitch, get to our practice space, and there’s Adam D again!!! FUGG!!!” joked ATR’s lead singer Phil Labonte exclusively to Noisecreep.com. “We’re in ‘time to make the donuts’ mode, and the donuts are metal tunes! We’re pumped to be working with Adam again. Nothin’ like making music in the spring with good friends in Massachusetts.”
Metal Blade Records has given As I Lay Dying’s fifth full length “The Powerless Rise” a May 11th release date. No word yet on tour dates in support of “The Powerless Rise” but I’m sure they will be announced super soon. I’m also super pleased to share the artwork which was done by Jacob Bannon of Converge, he’s also been responsible for all of their previous artwork since 2003′s “Frail Words Collapse”.
Bloody Disgusting got a chance to sit down with Mikael from Dark Tranquility to see how the band is doing on the road, their expectations for the future, and to see what horror Mikael is into. We talked about everything from the tour to horror movies (this guy has got some good taste!) to what XBox and Playstation games that he is into. Check out the video interview below! READ MORE
Phil Sgrosso, guitarist of As I lay Dying, has issued an update on behalf of himself and the rest of the band in regards to the new album, “The Powerless Rise”.
“We’ve been pretty busy the past few months. We´re about several last minute pickscrapes/thunderchugs away from finishing ALL tracking for The Powerless Rise. We´ve had Colin Richardson and his assistant Martyn “Ginge” Ford out in San Diego working on mixes every day for about a month so far.
It took a bit of time for us to get the guitar tone in the right place, but we’ve finally settled on something we all love and compliments the drums and bass quite nicely. Josh and Tim´s vocals are sounding great as well. Colin and Ginge are doing a killer job!” READ MORE
The anticipation surrounding the new, highly acclaimed DARK TRANQUILLITY album, We Are The Void, continues to build to epic proportions as the Swedish melodic metal pioneers continue their North American dominance alongside Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada. Head over now to their newly revamped MySpace page (www.myspace.com/dtofficial) to view their entire tour itinerary and stream the blistering new tracks, “At The Point of Ignition” and “Dream Oblivion.” We Are The Void is set for a March 9th North American release. READ MORE
Killswitch Engage posted a message on their website that says “Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones is leaving the band’s current headlining tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility due to unforeseen circumstances. All That Remains vocalist will be filling in for Jones for a few shows in the interim, until the KsE guys can determine what the plan will be for the remaining tour dates, which are currently scheduled to run through the end of March.”
After that the rumors started flying, first there was speculation that he had quit the band but as time went on it was more apparent that Jones is taking time out to deal with an injury or illness.
Phil Labonte who is stepping into Jones shoes for the meantime wrote this on Twitter, “Yep, I’m singing for KsE until HoJo gets better. Not sure how long it’ll be, but I’m here ’till they don’t need me anymore.” READ MORE
Dark Tranquillity has just released the first official video off their new album, We Are The Void, entitled “Shadow In Our Blood”. We Are The Void is scheduled to be released between the dates of Feb. 24 (Sweden) and Mar. 9th. (U.S.A.) by Century Media Records. The special edition of the album contains two bonus tracks, a DVD with a documentary of the making of We Are The Void filmed by Anders Björler (ex-At The Gates, The Haunted), two live videos, the making of the “Shadow In Our Blood” video, and more.